I have never liked bullying or intimidation tactics. My experience, in dealing with bullies, is different from others. This is because my classroom was the gymnasium. The locker room and gym are great hangouts for bullies. This is because they think that they have more freedom, for their tactics.
I used a number of different strategies to prevent or halt bullying. This article will get into some of them. In some places today, they might not be accepted. However, I felt no compassion for bullies. I felt that they should be dealt with firmly and immediately.
Many schools have instated a pol icy against bullying, that is required to be followed. The bully is usually dealt with by the counselor, boy’s dean or principal. However, in my early years, I would try the following.
After I stopped a bullying event, I would take the bully into my office or to the side of the gym. I would then ask the individual, “if he knew what he was doing?” I asked him, ” how he would feel if it was him?” I would not show him up in front of his classmates. I would simply let him know that it would not be tolerated.
The Senior Affect
Many times I would count on my Seniors to keep things in check. I would reward them for stopping any attempt by anyone, that tried to intimidate or bully someone smaller. Many times, I was never told about how my Seniors handled situations.
One way I would punish a bully is by taking away their privileges. This could be anything from going last in the lunch line (everyone hated this) to no use of the candy or soda machine.
If my quiet talk didn’t help, then I would belittle a bully. I would lecture them in front of their classmates. I would have them do push ups, sit ups or run laps while everyone played. I made sure that they understood the consequences for bullying.
Turn the Tables
If a student was trying to take advantage of a fellow student in a playing situation, I would switch them to a different position. for example, if we were playing floor hockey, the bully would be made to play goalie. If we played dodge ball, I would make the bully throw with his weak hand. Putting a bully in a challenging situation, would make him realize what it is like to be on the receiving end.
Parent Teacher Conference
The bottom line in student discipline always ends with the parents. They are legally responsible for their child. I wouldn’t send letters or make phone calls. I wanted face to face confrontation, with student in attendance. This way, everyone knew that there was a problem.